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Hawaii is for Food Lovers

We can all agree that one of the best parts about traveling somewhere is exploring the local food scene. Fortunately, whether it’s a top-notch restaurant, a farmer’s market or a food truck, the Hawaiian Islands have it all. While all of the islands have flavorful dishes and local favorites, we’ve narrowed down the top two your clients should visit if food is a factor in their dream vacation.


Oahu is known for its diverse food options and renowned restaurants. The island also has some of the best locally sourced food and farmers markets. Once you know your clients’ dining preferences, recommend any (or all) of these options.

  • Local Hot Spots – If your clients are looking for local favorites, recommend they head to Helena’s Hawaiian Food, Leonard’s Bakery, Rainbow Drive-In and W&M BAR-B-Q Burger.
  • Casual – For an easy-going atmosphere and laidback experience that still incorporates locally sourced food options, your clients should check out Koko Head Café, Moku Kitchen or Dean and Deluca.
  • High-End – For and upscale dining experience, recommend The Pig and The Lady, Roy’s, Azure Restaurant, La Mer, Alan Wong’s and PAI Honolulu.
  • Gluten Free – Other places on this list are sure to have gluten free options as well, but if your clients are looking to head somewhere tailored to their needs, suggest Sweet Marie’s Hawaii, Banzai Sushi Bar and Greens & Vines.
  • Fresh Food Markets – For those interested in locally grown food, recommend Honolulu Farmers’ Market, Mahiku Farmers’ Market at King’s Village, Kailua Farmers Market and Hyatt’s Farmers’ Market.


If your clients are visiting Maui, they will have a long list of highly reviewed restaurants, shops and markets to choose from. From these local hot spots to high-end dining, they will experience some of the best food in Hawaii.

  • Local Hot Spots  Your clients can’t go wrong with any of these local options: Ululanis Hawaiian Shaven Ice, Tin Roof, Paia Fishmarket Restaurant, Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop and Da Kitchen.
  • Casual  For a relaxed atmosphere, recommend The Mill House, Mala Ocean Tavern, Monkeypod Kitchen and Down the Hatch.
  • High-End  For travelers who appreciate fine dining experiences, suggest Lahaina Grill, Merriman’s Maui and Mama’s Fish House.
  • Gluten Free – If your clients are looking for gluten-free options, tell them about Maui Brick Oven, Star Noodle and Maui Sugar Shop.
  • Fresh Food Markets – Recommend Upcountry Farmers’ Market, Ono Organic Farms and Maui Nui Farmers’ Market for some of the best locally grown, fresh food.

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